Friday 31 March 2017

New possibilities for industrial wireless solutions.

A new, upgraded version of their popular Anybus Wireless Bridge has been introduced by HMS. The Anybus Wireless Bridge II supports up to 400 meters of reliable wireless communication, and can communicate via both Bluetooth or WLAN. It is ideal for replacing Ethernet cabling in hard-to-reach or hazardous locations.

Cable replacement or access point
By using the Anybus Wireless Bridge II, automation engineers can achieve new and smarter network infrastructures. Often used as an Ethernet cable replacement (point-to-point communication), the Wireless Bridge II can also be used as an access point for several WLAN/Bluetooth nodes such as smartphones or tablets within range. In the process, savings are achieved thanks to the reduced amount of Ethernet cabling.

What’s new?
The new Anybus Wireless Bridge II supports a longer wireless range (400 meters, 437 yards) and an even more powerful integrated wireless antenna. It is easily set up via push-button configuration or via the new integrated web interface. Anybus Wireless Bridge II is built on the same wireless technology as the family member Anybus® Wireless Bolt™, a connection point for on-machine mounting which HMS released in 2016, making them able to communicate seamlessly, opening up for even more innovative wireless system solutions.

Solving network problems for system integrators
By connecting industrial devices and networks over a wireless link, the Anybus Wireless Bridge II makes life easier for system integrators and automation engineers needing to create connections through e.g. hazardous areas, hard-to-reach locations, or moving installations where cables are not desirable. The Anybus Wireless Bridge II is a proven solution to bridge popular industrial Ethernet standards such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP and provides users with a robust and maintenance-free wireless connection.

The product comes with two M12 connectors for power and network connectivity and is an IP65 protection class rating.

Industrial quality
“We see a clear trend that wireless communication is gaining more and more acceptance in the conservative industrial market,” comments Martin Falkman, Product Manager at HMS. "There are many wireless connectivity solutions on the market today, but few can offer the reliable and sturdy connections required for industrial use. The Anybus Wireless products for Ethernet have been very popular on the market for several years, and with Anybus Wireless Bridge II, we are now excited to be able to offer connectivity over a longer range, more reliable wireless communication links as well as easier set-up procedures.”

@HMSAnybus #Pauto #Wireless

Asset management consultancy appointments.

The MCP Consulting Group has appointed Dave Porrill  to further expand the company's skills in the field of production equipment maintenance, reliability strategies and systems within the FMCG environment. His remit is to grow the MCP portfolio of regional and national accounts.

They have also announced the appointment of Mark Everson as the latest Technical Trainer with the company.

Dave Porrell
Dave Porrill
Dave comes with a wealth of experience, with thirteen years in the pharmaceutical industry, three years in the sugar industry and a range of other roles including one year in the bio-fuels industry.
His international consulting prowess is across multiple geographies, by assisting sites to improve all aspects of maintenance and reliability processes and systems, including CMMS implementation and use.

Dave comments “I am excited to start a new challenge within MCP Consulting Group and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive product and service portfolio. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service.”

He has experience in TPM programme implementation, World-Class Manufacturing systems and processes, and modern training and development techniques.

Peter Gagg, CEO said “Dave’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the MCP Team. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the UK’s asset management and maintenance consultancy in our industry. Our new innovative products and the increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service. It is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Dave’s calibre to fulfil this role. I’m confident that Dave will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.”

Mark Everson
Mark Everson
Mark is an experienced trainer bringing a vast array of skills and expertise from the contracting and installation industry. He is well equipped to blend his wide-ranging knowledge to effectively design and deliver training programmes to a broad range of audiences from apprentices through to senior authorising engineer level.

His pragmatic approach to delivering training in both public and private educational sectors and his membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has enabled him to keep in touch with industry developments and innovations. This has already proven to be invaluable in the delivery of training programmes to national and international accounts.

His experience includes delivery of training programmes for a number of high profile businesses including: Hamad Medical City, Doha; British Airports Authority (Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted Airports); Bank of England; Daily Express Newspaper Group; Severn Trent Water Authority; Clarks Shoes; Unilever; Babcock International; Apetito Ltd and GSK.

“We believe our people drive our business and differentiate us from our competitors," added Peter Gagg, "This allows us to build lasting value to our clients by delivering products and services that benefit any organisation, which owns, maintains or operates plant and equipment. Mark is our newest appointment and we are delighted to make him part of our rapidly expanding technical training team.”

Successful fieldbus event report.

The Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt am Main (D) was the venue for the 5th PI Conference just completed. Around 300 participants got information about trends and innovations related to the technologies of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) in a very successful event .

The numerous presentations, workshops, and industry talks centered on the role of PI technologies in Industry 4.0 applications. “Two years ago, more components with PROFIBUS were still being put on the market. That has undergone a fundamental change: today significantly more devices are sold with PROFINET. That means that Ethernet has arrived broadly in industry,” emphasized Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman, in his opening address.

Schneider explained that Industry 4.0 is not a guaranteed success; instead, a great deal of detailed work is necessary, for example coordination with international standards, compatibility concepts, and security requirements. “We don’t start with the technology; we see what users need. From these use cases we develop concepts that are secure, reliable, and made to last.” Incidentally, this also applies to all sectors and all PI technologies, he says.

Standardisation of a physical layer for Ethernet-in-the-field communication in process automation is being promoted in this context together with users, researchers, and authorities. The PA Profile 4.0, which will be completed by the end of 2017, is the preparatory work for this. “Our greatest asset is that many companies cooperate in the PI community and want to actively shape the future,” declared Schneider. Thus the solutions developed are sustained by a global community.

Furthermore, numerous practical examples were presented at the PI Conference, such as asset management functions in PROFINET that simplify commissioning and maintenance in the automotive industry, how to optimize rapeseed oil production with PROFIBUS PA, and how IO Link accelerates the gripping technology in robots many times over.

New insights from Silicon Valley were provided by keynote speaker Thomas Schulz, a Spiegel correspondent and author of the bestseller Was Google wirklich will (What Google Really Wants). He provided very convincing information about the technological development approach there and the secret of their success. “First of all, the employees go to the office every day with the mission of promoting global progress with their technology. Secondly, their stated goal is not just to improve a product by 10 percent, but rather to make it 10 times better.” This often entails the necessity of completely rethinking and re-designing established processes.

Not only this presentation, but all the accompanying exhibition by the attending partners, provided enough material for intensive networking and an exchange of ideas about the technological development, application, and future of the PI technologies.

• Report submitted by Hassan Kaghazchi, Chair of Profibus Ireland.

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To be seen at environmental show!

The Ashtead Technology stand at AQE 2017 (Telford GB 24-25/5/2017) will feature a comprehensive range of both workplace and emissions monitoring instruments including the latest technologies from TSI and Testo.

With a range of the cutting edge technologies, and a choice of financial options, visitors will be able to ensure that their instrumentation matches both their needs and budget.

Visitors will be able to see TSI’s Environmental DustTrak ambient air quality monitor (with MCERTS), as well as the latest portable DustTrak instruments, offering visitors the opportunity to try the instruments – to take particulate measurements and view the data handling and display capabilities.

Testo’s portable emissions analysers, the Testo 340 and 350 (with MCERTS) will also be on display. These instruments are able to measure multiple gases simultaneously in combustion emissions from engines, turbines, boilers, burners and other combustion sources.

 @ashteadtech @AQE_Show #Pauto #TandM

Power supplies with PMBus Communication.

Excelsys Technologies has announced that its revolutionary CoolX600 Series of 600W convection-cooled modular power supplies is now available with the option of PMBus communication.

PMBus offers system builders a standard way to communicate with power converters over a digital communications bus by providing a full set of commands and data structures required by power control and management components. The CoolX Series PMBus interface facilitates the communication of operating parameters such as output voltage, output current and internal temperature with other PMBus enabled devices. It also provides the remote adjustment of parameters such as output voltage level, current limit as well as control features such as power supply and individual output enable/inhibit.

The convection-cooled CoolX600 Series is the latest user configurable modular power supply from Excelsys Technologies which delivers an incredible 600W without fan assisted cooling from a very compact 8.5 x 4.5 x 1U package. The only fanless modular power supply on the market, the CoolX600 offers system designers best in class performance for efficiency and reliability in addition to the most comprehensive feature set and specifications available. Typical efficiency is greater than 93% and due to its excellent thermal performance offers typically 25% longer lifetime than competitors. An industry leading 5 year warranty ensures quality, reliability and the lowest total cost of ownership.

Enhanced thermal performance may be obtained with system fans or additional external conduction cooling resulting in even higher system reliability, Other features include 4KV input surge immunity, and the ability to withstand input voltages of up to 300VAC making it ideal for use in remote locations and those subject to input voltage disturbances. Additional features include SEMI F47 compliance, and operation at 5000m altitude. A 25W standby power output, offering effectively another output, for system intelligence, cooling fans, displays etc. is a standard feature.

The CoolX600 is available with full safety certifications to UL/EN60950 and UL/EN60601 3rd and 4th Edition (EMC) for both industrial and medical applications. Stand-out medical features include BF rating (Body Floating), dual fusing, 2 x MOPP, <300ua br="" current.="" leakage="">
The CoolX600 can be populated with up to 4 CoolMods, providing up to 4 isolated DC outputs ranging from 3.0V to 58.0V. Following the tradition of Excelsys, the CoolX600 offers customers the greatest flexibility and is completely user and field configurable. Outputs can be configured to the required set point voltages and connected in parallel of series for higher output current and/or higher output voltages.

The Excelsys CoolX600 offers system integrators unparalled flexibility with analogue and digital management with PMBus monitoring and control capability and is user field configurable with Plug and Play power. All outputs are isolated and may be connected in series or parallel to achieve higher output voltages or currents. Mounting options include base, side and Din Rail alternatives

Dermot Flynn, Sales Director of Excelsys Technologies, comments, “Adding PMBus communication to the already exceptional CoolX power supply allows medical, industrial and defence systems developers the option of deploying intelligent 600 watt, high reliability, silent in operation power solution. Our revolutionary designs and feature sets continues to keep us ahead of our competitors.”
Typical applications include medical clinical diagnostic equipment, medical lasers, dialysis equipment, radiological imaging and clinical chemistry. Industrial test and measurement, industrial machines, automation equipment, printing, telecommunications, audio equipment and high reliability harsh industrial electronics, radar, (Naval, Ground Based), communications, test and measurement

Other products in the Excelsys range include the UltiMod and Xgen user configurable modular power supplies suitable of applications including, industrial, medical, laser, communications, IT, wafer fabrication, optical inspection, wire bonding, and automated test equipment.
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Advanced regularity control.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has just published the third edition release of Basic and Advanced Regulatory Control: System Design and Application by Harold L. Wade, Ph.D., PE.

Dr. Wade—who has more than 50 years of experience designing, applying and installing process control systems—says the updated edition builds upon the real-world experiences and process knowledge of engineers and technicians to demonstrate the application of successful regulatory control strategies and techniques.

“In contrast with many academic textbooks on process control, this book presents the concepts of process automation and control with a minimal amount of mathematical systems theory and a large amount of practical application knowledge,” he emphasizes.  “The book can be used by both instrumentation technicians and process control engineers, but is primarily aimed at those whose responsibility is to design the control system for a new process or to suggest modifications to an existing control system.”

The book integrates many valuable new areas of content, including: expanded coverage of set-point weighting controllers, an amplified discussion of valve problems, expanded coverage of cross-limiting control systems, a new heuristic procedure for improving "as-found" tuning, and an expanded discussion of tuning liquid level control loops. End-of-chapter exercises also have been added.

  • To purchase a copy of the third edition of Basic and Advanced Regulatory Control: System Design and Application, click here.  
  • For greater perspective on the value and significance of the updated edition, read the Q&A feature with the author.
 #PAuto #ISAuto 

Thursday 30 March 2017

New member of I&C sector.

GAMBICA has announced that Advantech Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Group have become their latest new member in the Process Instrumentation and Control Sector.

Founded in 1983, the Industrial IoT Group has grown into a global business organization with more than 30 branch offices in 17 countries, and a worldwide partner network comprised of leading Automation corporations. As a pioneer in open Automation technology, Industrial IoT Group is proud of its efforts as global stewards; providing vertical-focused products, solutions and value-added services for a wide array of sectors, including; Building Automation, Machine Automation, Power & Energy, and Intelligent Transportation Systems

Sebastian Amos, Sector Head for Process at GAMBICA stated “Advantech is a company at the front end of technology and will be an asset to GAMBICA and its members particularly with its views on I4.0, the Internet of Things”

@gambica @AdvantechInfo #PAuto #IoT

Compact wireless terminal for intralogistics and production.

Requisitioning replenishment parts, warehousing, triggering order processes and requesting consignments or shipping orders: these are all procedures which are familiar to staff working at assembly, dispatch and picking points. The wireless terminal from .steute business unit "Wireless" enables these tasks to be performed more easily, more comfortably and more flexibly. At the same time, they are simple to integrate in a company's IT infrastructure.

Users receive information via a two-line display and, vice versa, can also send information to superordinate control systems (WMS, ERP, PDA, etc.) via three freely configurable buttons. Flexibility is guaranteed, for example by the fact that signals are passed on within the wireless network sWave.NET®. This occurs via access points, which work similarly to a router and send the wireless signals directly to an IP address, where they are then processed by the company's IT system.

New terminals can be integrated in this network in just a few steps. This also makes for simple retrofitting, e.g. to FIFO shelves, E-Kanban shelves, picking points or other workstations. At the same time, transparency is increased, both at the individual workstation and throughout the company, because a constant, bidirectional flow of information is generated – for example from the picking belt to logistics management or from the Kanban shelf to materials handling. In each case, additional wireless switching devices and command systems can be integrated in the sWave.NET® wireless network at any time.

steute believes that "wireless Kanban" shelves, Andon systems for displaying malfunctions and irregularities in production, as well as mobile workstations in consignment zones could all be examples of typical applications for its new wireless terminal. This wireless technology includes features such as minimal installation costs, high overall transmission times and maintenance-free operation for many years.

Since the sWave.NET® wireless network is more or less self-configuring, very little effort is required to set it up. For optimised energy efficiency with short activity cycles, transmitter and receiver processes must be coordinated. When a user sends information via a wireless terminal, the transmitter addresses several different access points in the vicinity, tests the transmission signal strength of each response and then sends the signal to the access point with the highest signal strength. The transmission path is prioritised regularly. In this way, short latency periods and high transmission reliability are guaranteed.

 #steute  #PAuto #IoT

Steriliasable pH electrode.

The Memosens CPS171D pH electrodes from Endress + Hauser, that can be sterilised and are autoclavable for use in bioreactors, fermenters, and other hygienic and sterile applications in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food/bev and similar industries. The CPS171D measures 0-14 pH and works in temperatures from 32-284°F (0-140°C).

The CPS171D is IECEx and ATEX approved for use in hazardous locations; has IP68 protection and a TÜV certificate; and has FDA, USP and ISO approvals for biocompatibility regarding cytotoxicity and bioreactivity. It is suitable for CIP and SIP operations up to 284°F.

High yields and high quality product is achieved in fermentation applications with accurate and reliable pH measurement over a narrow range. The CPS171D pH probe has been developed with a unique reference gel and glass membrane. When combined these new features improve the long-term stability for reliable and accurate measurement, even after multiple clean-in place (CIP) and sterilize-in-place (SIP) cycles. The sensor performs well after autoclaving at 284 °F (140 °C). These sensor characteristics, pressurized reference and ion trap make the CPS171D uniquely designed for biotechnology applications.

The Memosens CPS171D provides maximum process safety and data security because of noncontact, inductive digital signal transmission to its cable for communication to the Liquiline transmitter. The inductive connection eliminates problems with measured values being distorted from moisture, and terminals becoming coated or corroded in service.

Memosens technology allows the sensor to store measuring and operating data in the sensor including serial number, calibration date, number of calibrations, offsets, pH application range, number of calibrations, hours of operation under extreme conditions and other information. Recording sensor data in the sensor itself enables predictive maintenance and makes it easy for asset management software, such as Memobase Plus, to facilitate life-cycle management.

Memosens technology also simplifies replacement in the field, because the sensor can simply be replaced with another calibrated sensor, which will automatically transfer its data to the transmitter. Once the sensor has been connected, its calibration is used for the measured value. Calibration data is stored in the sensor, so the sensor can be calibrated and adjusted independently of the measuring point.

 @Endress_Hauser #PAuto

New distributor for power supply in Britain.

Excelsys Technologies has added Luso Electronics to its distributor network. Luso will distribute power solutions from Excelsys to customers in a variety of specialist markets including Military, Industrial, Medical and Communications throughout Britain.
“At Excelsys we are delighted to have Luso join our European Distribution Partner program. Luso have a fantastic reputation in the UK market built on technical expertise and operational excellence. Luso will support all Excelsys platforms including Xgen, UltiMod, Xsolo and our recently launched CoolX Series, the world’s only convection cooled modular platform. The expert Sales and Applications Engineering teams at Excelsys will work closely together with Luso to define and deliver best-in-class solutions to our customers in terms of performance, flexibility and reliability.” Conor Duffy, European Sales Manager, Excelsys Technologies.

The CoolX600 Series is the latest revolutionary, convection-cooled modular power supply from Excelsys Technologies and delivers an incredible 600W without fan assisted cooling from a very compact 8.5 x 4.5 x 1U package. The only fanless modular power supply on the market, the CoolX600 offers system designers best in class performance for efficiency and reliability in addition to the most comprehensive feature set and specifications available. An industry leading 5 year warranty ensures quality, reliability and the lowest total cost of ownership.

Other products in the Excelsys range include the UltiMod and Xgen user configurable modular power supplies suitable of applications including, industrial, medical, laser, communications, IT, wafer fabrication, optical inspection, wire bonding, and automated test equipment.

@ExcelsysPower @LusoElectronics #PAuto 

Installation and Maintenance of Networks.

The VIAVIs handheld tester MTS5800-100G, recently introduced by Laser Components, combines all of the functions that technicians need for the installation and maintenance of networks in an ultra-compact housing. It is equipped with the latest interfaces SFP/SFP+/SFP28 and QSFP+/QSFP28/CFP4.

For the purposes of service activation, troubleshooting, making a diagnosis, and maintaining a network, future-oriented test functions are used to help network technicians test their network faster than ever before. It is also suited for the laboratory. The all-in-one, dual-100G handheld tester supports both old and new technologies that are used in metro and core networks or data centers. The multi-touchscreen is easy to handle and the pass/fail result display informative.

With the device the characterization and troubleshooting in fiber-optic links is as easy as the activation and troubleshooting of Ethernet services. Fiber tests and data-rate tests from DSx/PDH (1.5M/2M) to 112G OTU4 can be made, too. Furthermore, the MTS5800-100G contains interfaces for the use of OTDR and COSA modules of the 4100 model series, including Smart Link Mapper, a fiber microscope, and optical power meters.

@LaserComponents #TandM #PAuto

Position: Industrial Automation Controls Engineer - Ireland.

Industrial Automation Controls Engineer – Technical Services
Factory Automation Division - Mitsubishi Electric Ireland

Closing date for applications Friday, April 21st 2017
Mitsubishi Electric is currently seeking an experienced Automation Controls Engineer to join our Irish team on a permanent basis. Mitsubishi Electric is a recognised world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment. Their Factory Automation division provide automation solutions to some of the most progressive manufacturing sites in Ireland across many different industrial sectors such as Life Science, Process, Medical Device, Food & Beverage, Energy, Recycling, Water Treatment & Waste Water Treatment.

The successful candidate would work closely with their sales and marketing departments, as well as with their distribution and system integration partners, providing project integration support.

The ideal candidate would have a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent 5 years’ experience working with automated control systems. A strong background in Electronic / Electrical / Software engineering would be preferred. A PLC background and experience in SCADA and HMI software would be a distinct advantage. Additional knowledge of variable Speed Drive Inverters, robotics and servo motion would be beneficial.

Role Requirement:
• Supporting new and existing customer base on industrial automation software project development in the areas of PLC, SCADA, DCS, MES, HMI, Servo Motion and Robotics.
• Working as part of a close team and being part of assisting the progression of a project lifecycle from concept through to completion.
• Delivering scheduled software training courses at our customer’s facilities and in our training facility in our Dublin office.
• Management of internal automation solution developments and client solution joint-developments.
Skill & Attribute Requirement
• Third level qualification in an electronic, controls or automation based course with 3-10 years industrial controls experience.
• Medium to high level of competence in programming and developing projects with industrial automation control systems. Previous experience with Mitsubishi Electric control and visualisation systems a benefit but not essential.
• Ability to understand, problem solve and develop standard industrial automation software requirements during the project development cycle.
• Full drivers licence.
• Fluent English
• Sociable, reliable and friendly attitude that enjoys interaction with engineers as part of the usual industrial automation project development lifecycle.
• Eager to be mobile and work away from the office as and when required to support our clients at their premises and also work in the office as part of a close knit, passionate team.

Desired skills: 
• Experience of development, deployment & maintenance of SCADA / HMI systems 
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
• Creative thinking team player with excellent communication skills, an ability to work on own initiative combined with the ability to work seamlessly across various departments 
• Ability to organize, plan and execute multiple tasks to tight schedules 
• Strong ability using Microsoft office; excel, word etc

Some Benefits: 
• Competitive Salary 
• Company car 
• Pension scheme 
• Health insurance

Mitsubishi Electric is an equal opportunity employer.
To apply please email your C.V. to or post to
HR Department, Mitsubishi Electric Westgate Business Park, Ballymount, Dublin 24.

Closing date for applications is Friday, April 21st 2017

@MEIrishbranch  #PAuto 

Calibrator & DMM combined!

Addition of a simple module enables wireless connectivity to a mobile phone.

The 787B ProcessMeter™ which offers double troubleshooting capabilities by combining the power of an industrial safety-rated digital multimeter (DMM) and a mA loop calibrator into a single, compact test tool has been introduced by Fluke.

Based on the trusted measurement capabilities of the Fluke 87 DMM, the 787B adds the ability to measure, source and simulate mA with the accuracy and resolution you would expect from a Fluke mA loop calibrator, giving the ideal tool for troubleshooting and calibrating current loop applications. When it is fitted with a Fluke ir3000 FC module, technicians can wirelessly monitor, log, and share data from the field with their team using the Fluke Connect® mobile app.

The 1000V CAT III / 600V CAT IV safety-rated Fluke 787B ProcessMeter can source / simulate a 20mA DC current, providing a simultaneous mA and percentage scale readout for calibration purposes. It offers Manual Step (100%, 25%, Coarse, Fine) plus Auto Step and Auto Ramp. For troubleshooting purposes, it features true-RMS DMM capabilities to measure to 1000V AC/DC and 440mA AC/DC, as well as resistance and frequency (to 20kHz). It also offers Min/Max/Average/Hold/Relative modes, diode test and an audible continuity check.

When fitted with a Fluke ir3000 FC accessory, measurements can be wirelessly transmitted to the Fluke Connect app on smartphones or tablets and automatically uploaded to FlukeCloud™ Storage, eliminating transcription errors. Technicians can collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field. Measurements from the 787B can be combined with measurement data from multiple Fluke Connect test tools to create and share comprehensive reports from the job site via email.

Technicians requiring the added functionality of a 24V DC loop power supply and a HART mode setting with a built-in 250Ω resistor should choose the Fluke 789.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto #TandM

Advancing automation., part of ISA's Publication Arm,  has compiled the Advancing Automation eBook, to show you real examples of how some organizations are already leveraging the advanced technologies and finding multi-level value from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The intent of this almost 40 page publication is to help automation professionals determine how the IIoT can bring real value to their organisation. Whether their interest is process control, manufacturing, energy conservation, or just to see the latest in IIoT innovation, this eBook has a trove of information to peruse in a convenient digital format, so manufacturers, process industry and other organisations can remain on the cutting edge of their individual industry.

Contents Include
• National Instruments' guide for manufacturers on how to make informed decisions on IIoT-based solutions

• Honeywell's analysis of IIoT as a tool for plant and asset management

• Endress+Hauser's in-depth look at self-verifying flowmeters

• B+B SmartWorx' case study using an IIoT gateway to improve energy efficiency for an Irish university

• Define Instruments' debate on the benefits of IIoT solutions vs. traditional SCADA systems

• Opto22's overview of the current state of IIoT and predictions of where it might go in 2017

@automation_com #Pauto #ISAuto

Wednesday 29 March 2017

New facility in Germany to help customers achieve operational excellence.

Emerson Automation Solutions has opened its new office in Langenfeld, Germany, which showcases the latest automation technology that can help manufacturers and process companies achieve operational excellence through a programme Emerson calls Operational Certainty™.

Emerson’s new office in Langenfeld
“Moving into this large, modern facility gives us greater ability to demonstrate how the latest automation technology and engineering services can help our customers to achieve operational excellence,” said Andreas Fuchs, general manager, Germany, Emerson Automation Solutions. “The new office provides significant improvements in terms of space, functionality, location and modernity for our employees compared to the facility in Haan which it has replaced.”

Operational Certainty is an innovative technology and engineering-based programme launched by Emerson to help industrial companies achieve Top Quartile performance - defined as achieving operations and capital performance in the top 25 percent of peer companies. The new Langenfeld office provides Emerson customers with access to a range of testing, training and demonstration facilities, giving them first-hand experience of innovative Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology that can improve their operational performance and put them on the path to achieving Top Quartile status.

Education and training facilities at Langenfeld enable customers to gain experience with latest the automation technology 
The new Langenfeld office’s education and training facilities enable customers to gain experience with Emerson’s control and safety systems and measurement and control devices, showing them how this technology can help them run their operations more safely, reliably and efficiently. A demonstration centre enables customers to explore new ways of managing remote operations and enabling easier collaboration with experts located anywhere in the world. It also allows customers to observe aspects of Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem - a scalable portfolio of hardware, software, intelligent devices and services, which provides the technology foundation for companies to securely implement IIoT applications. The facility also includes a dedicated area for performing factory acceptance testing of control and safety systems.

The new 5,500m2 office will be home to around 270 employees. Its opening marks 50 years since Emerson first established a presence in Germany, and complements the existing facilities at Hasselroth, Wessling, Gronau, Selmsdorf, Willich, Dietzenbach and Ölbronn-Dürr.

“We are proud of our achievements in Germany over the past half-century, and as our latest technologies now begin to unlock the vast potential of Industry 4.0, we look forward to exciting opportunities ahead of us to meet customers’ needs,” said Fuchs. “This new office underlines our commitment to striving for constant improvement in the support we offer our customers, enabling them to enhance the skills of their workforce and to take full advantage of the technologies and solutions we can offer them.”

@EMR_Automation #PAuto @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis #Germany

Solving common drive errors.

Control Techniques has launched a brand new mobile application to help drive users analyse and find solutions for common drive errors.

Its new Diagnostic Tool application, available on Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices, is a quick and simple way for users of Control Techniques’ drives to solve any error codes which the drive may show.

Built within the app are easy-to-use wiring diagrams for first time setup, plus links to the relevant manuals which provide the most comprehensive drive data and information.

The app also has full contact details of the technical support teams around the world to aid you with any technical problems.

Currently, the app has full information for all drives within the Unidrive M, Powerdrive F300, Elevator drives, Unidrive SP, Commander SK, Digitax ST and Mentor MP ranges.

Users simply download the app, select their drive variant and enter the error code. The app will then display a full description of how to resolve the issue.

Jon Atkinson, engineering manager at Control Techniques, said; “It is often concluded that the cause of a drive trip is directly related to the drive hardware since it is the drive which indicates there is a problem. The reality is that 90% of the trips are caused by issues outside of the product which have triggered the drive protection.

“Using the Diagnostic Tool application, users can quickly and easily access further diagnostics information to determine the most likely cause of the problem and how to resolve it to make the system operational again.”

@Emerson_News #PAuto 

Smart connectors.

Harting is expanding its range of so-called “smart” connectors which can provide identification of key machine components or functional control elements and are also increasingly being deployed for machinery predictive maintenance. Communication can be performed using inexpensive bidirectional systems like the I2C bus, as well as standardised bus systems such as CAN Bus.

Following on from the already established I2C ID module, the new CAN ID module is the latest product in the smart Han® series. Implementation as a Han-Modular® module ensures that identification is flexibly integrated into interfaces which comprehensively supply machines with power, data and signals, in the most optimum space-saving manner possible.
The progress made by transferring identification functionality to the connector can best be illustrated by showing how such embedded intelligence features can be beneficial to the increasing trends for both modular designed processing machinery and machinery with multiple isochronous drives.

Case 1: ID module in modular designed processing machinery with exchangeable elements.
For modular designed machinery with pluggable drives, auxiliary equipment and other controller units, ID modules help to ensure that each machine module is instantly recognised by the automation control system as it is fitted or replaced, saving machine set-up time and limiting operator error by ensuring that the correct one is applied according to the operational requirements. Information such as the year of manufacturing, the last revision status and other parameters of the machine unit can also be stored and used for predictive maintenance on the application.

The Han-Modular ID module offers the double functionality of an identification tool and data storage device and paves the way for the customisation of the machine unit.
In addition to local machine control, industrial Wi-Fi modules provide easy connection with the Industry 4.0 manufacturing environment.

Case 2: ID module in pluggable isochronous drives

Both conventional machinery and special-purpose machinery contain machine components characterised by movement processes made up of individual synchronously executing movements.

In conventional machinery, this synchronicity is often achieved by using line shafts, which employ cams and other power couplings to initiate all movements according to a defined process scheme. However, machines with high speeds and accelerated axes are controlled using special sensors, drives and motion controllers. The CAN bus, which operates in real time and is organised according to the “publisher-subscriber” principle, is ideally suited for the synchronisation of subscribers. The CAN ID module also enables the current configuration of the drives to be tested and the parameters that are determined to be transmitted to all other drives and the controller.

The machine may only start up if the drive is correctly configured. Start-up is blocked if any state exists other than the one desired. The benefit for the customer is the potential for time savings, for example during servicing: drive data is available in the module at the periphery, meaning that the revision status can be quickly queried. Individual machine elements can be exchanged and repaired faster, since work on a subsystem does not entail starting the entire machine. This saves time and energy.

As a result, the CAN ID module offers advantages for both types of machinery. On the one hand, it helps implement identification functionality in combination with memory storage capabilities in the device periphery, while on the other it logically complements existing complex systems and helps save time and money on servicing.

For Industry 4.0 applications, integration takes place via network-enabled devices or, in future, directly via an Ethernet interface. This in turn implements end-to-end networking of the data.

@harting #PAuto

2018 North American User conference announced!

The Yokogawa North American Users biennial conference and exhibition provides an unparalleled opportunity for Yokogawa users to network with fellow professionals, industry and business leaders, and numerous product and solutions experts. Individuals gain in-depth, quantified insight into how their peers are using automation technologies to deliver industry-leading results, as well as hearing and seeing Yokogawa future developments. This valuable educational and networking event has been scheduled for September 10 – 13, 2018  in Orlando, (FL USA)
Led by users for users, the 2018 event will provide a forum for exchanging information and ideas about instrumentation, controls and automation solutions for various process industry applications, as well as future developments in Yokogawa automation technologies. The main event will run from Tuesday September 11 to Thursday September 13, with pre-conference sessions on the application of industry standards beginning on Monday September 10. The conference program includes Yokogawa platform technology updates, industry and technology keynotes, workshops and panel sessions, all designed to help users and partners fully utilize automation technologies. An exhibition will feature Yokogawa’s integrated portfolio of platforms and solutions, as well as exhibitions from business partners that allow attendees to see how these technologies are used to achieve safe, reliable, and profitable operations in their facilities. Yokogawa will also host a welcome reception, customer appreciation night, and other networking events that are designed to optimize the exchange of ideas.

The program is being designed to help users find ways to increase the quality and efficiency of their operations, decrease risk and downtime, and lower overall operating costs. Conference, exhibition, and networking opportunities provide a focused venue for individuals involved in the upstream oil and gas, chemical, refining, and other industries to learn and share ideas and best practices among product and industry specialists, fellow users, and Yokogawa business partners. The conference portion also features hands-on workshops and seminars that allow attendees to earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) certificates.

Users are asked to present applications, concepts and techniques used today in the automation of manufacturing processes. These presentations can describe applied knowledge, best practices, implementation guidelines, and descriptive and analytical reviews of topics related to the use of Yokogawa products in their environments. Topics are not restricted and every effort is made to schedule presentations so that each user can be exposed to a variety of companies, industries and applications so they may broaden their knowledge.

@YokogawaIA  #PAuto #YUG2018

Sealing bags!

Novuqare the med-tech instrument innovator, has developed a range of bag sealing machines for medical instruments that use specially modified ZEMIC miniature load cells to precisely measure sealing force. As an intrinsic part of the sterilisation process, the award winning ProSeal perfectly seals the instruments in special pouches in preparation for autoclave sterilisation.

The EN-ISO 11607-2 validated ProSeal range is being increasingly used in is used in hospitals, dentists, clinics and veterinary practises.

ZEMIC (represented in Britain by Variohm EuroSensor), worked closely with Novuqare, supplying prototypes and full series production versions of a custom adapted 1B-S miniature load cell. The IB-S is more commonly found in portable scales and laboratory balances where its lightweight aluminium housing combines with a well proven semiconductor strain gauge sensing element for 0.03% full scale accuracy and load capacity ratings from 5 kg to 70kg.

The company is one of the world’s largest sensor and transducer manufacturers with a comprehensive product range that includes single point or platform cells, compression cells, S-type, shear beam and dual shear beam load cells as well as spoke type designs. Load capacities ranging from a few hundred grams to over 500 Tons are available for applications as diverse as pricing scales to weighbridge platforms and from in-vehicle weighing systems to hopper scales. ZEMIC has several product lines with OIML-R60 'legal-for-trade' approval.

Variohm EuroSensor supports the full ZEMIC range with comprehensive technical support and service with stock delivery available for standard load cells as well as a custom design/modification capability and integration with other Variohm sensor technologies.

@Variohm #PAuto #Medical

Keeping track of lab calibration & maintenance.

The Instrument Calibration & Maintenance System (ICMS) from Autoscribe Informatics keeps a computerised record of all instruments within a laboratory and a history of calibration and maintenance events for audit purposes. This helps to ensure only properly calibrated and maintained instruments are available for use. ICMS is available as an option within the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System or as a standalone product.

The instrument details, calibration and maintenance information are recorded in ICMS in order to allow the instrument status to be tracked automatically. It can therefore provide immediate feedback on instrument availability at the time a particular analysis is scheduled, rather than checking the status when the results need to be entered. This prevents the allocation of work to an un-calibrated instrument or one that has not been maintained correctly. It also allows the identification of events such as the maintenance period being exceeded.

The system can provide reminders of pending calibration and maintenance tasks and allows assessment of instrument support agreement value. These in turn ensure the laboratory can demonstrate that it follows standard calibration and maintenance procedures and can indicate which instruments are most costly in terms of maintenance and reliability.

An automatic change of status occurs when calibration or maintenance is overdue and when it is performed. As well as flagging events that affect the availability of instruments, the system can produce a series of useful reports. These include: calibration and maintenance schedules; instruments due for calibration or maintenance over a user specified period ; overdue calibrations and maintenance events as well as all unavailable instruments. It is also possible to develop additional reports using Crystal Reports or other reporting tools.

 @AutoscribeLtd  #TandM #LIMs

Pharmaceutical Cybersecurity.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) will be holding an invitation-only meeting of top pharmaceutical industry executives on 16 May 2017 to assess industrial cybersecurity challenges facing this automation industry sector and to examine strategies for solving them.

The meeting event, “Pharmaceutical Cybersecurity Convocation: A Critical Executive Dialogue,” will be held in conjunction with ISA’s Food & Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium.

According to Patrick J. Gouhin, ISA Executive Director & CEO: “In this strategic conversation, we hope to educate each other to the concerns regarding threats and risk mitigation, and identify corporate challenges toward an ongoing interactive network. The dialogue will aim to focus on the collective interests/challenges of the industry as a whole, and what can be done to ensure a safe, secure, efficient and productive sector, as it relates to the future of automation and its impact on business for years to come.”

ISA has been at the vanguard of global initiatives to protect industrial automation and control systems (IACS) from potentially catastrophic industrial cyberattack through the development of its ISA99 (ISA/IEC 62443) series of IACS security standards.

Regarded as the world’s only consensus-based series of industrial security standards, ISA/IEC 62443 protects IACS through a lifecycle that integrates design, implementation, monitoring and continuous improvement.

As a flexible framework for addressing IACS security weaknesses across all key industry sectors, the ISA/IEC 62443 series are integral components of the US government’s current and future plans to combat industrial cyberattack.

“Pharmaceutical Cybersecurity Convocation: A Critical Executive Dialogue”
The preliminary agenda, outlined below, features industrial cybersecurity experts and leaders from ISA as well as from government and industry groups.

Welcome Introduction
Steve Pflantz, 2017 ISA President

Executive Overview
Patrick J. Gouhin, ISA Executive Director & CEO

Issues of National Security
Adam Sedgewick (invited), National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
IACS and ISA/IEC 62443 standards
Eric Cosman, ISA Executive Board & Co-Chair, ISA99 Committee

Open Architecture
Dennis Brandl and Jim Hietela (invited), The Open Group 
Critical Challenges: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Patrick J. Gouhin, ISA Executive Director & CEO
Panelists include:
Eric Cosman, ISA Executive Board & Co-Chair, ISA99 Committee
Dennis Brandl, The Open Group
Doug Wylie (invited), SANS Institute
Andy Chatcha (invited), ARC Advisory Group

Closing & Continuing the Conversation
Bill Joss, ISA Senior Business Development Manager

 #FPID17 #Pauto #ISAuto #Pharma

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Accurate & economical measurement of IoT devices.

The new Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A, from Anritsu Corporation, is an integrated one-box test set specifically for testing 802.11 WLAN devices. It has advanced features, including built-in communications protocols, to create a more efficient, accurate and economical solution to verify the performance of WLAN devices in their actual operating state.

With built-in communications protocols, the MT8862A measures the performance of the WLAN devices in the actual operating state, and is the first test equipment of its kind to support all IEEE802.11ac/n/a/g/b standards. The instrument uses the Network Mode to measure the performance of the target WLAN device under test (DUT) in the actual operating state. RF performance characteristics, such as Tx power and Rx sensitivity (PER), can be measured using this Network Mode, which helps with configuration of a simpler test environment and eliminates the need for dedicated vendor-provided test modes required for WLAN device inspections.

Generally, WLAN measuring instruments for manufacturing inspections use a special inspection test mode for measurement that requires a physical control line connection between the WLAN devices and measuring instrument. Consequently, the evaluation results are not a true reflection of the actual performance experienced by users because the performance of the measured WLAN devices is analyzed using physical connection with a control line without considering the effect of the internal wireless antennas. Although Anritsu’s current MT8860C model used for these analyses has a network mode, it does not support IEEE802.11ac standard. To solve this problem, Anritsu developed the new model implementing support for the IEEE802.11ac Network Mode.

The Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A is ideal for measuring the RF TRx characteristics at design and quality assurance of WLAN devices. It has built-in WLAN protocol messaging as standard for Network Mode for measurement by connection with the DUT. It is easy to operate using a web browser from a control PC connected by Ethernet which simplifies measurement setup and eliminates configuration work. In addition, remote control is also supported when the MT8862A and PC controller are inside the same network.

@AnritsuEMEA #TandM #PAuto @Anritsu

Vibrating fork switches certified for hygenic applications.

Emerson’s Rosemount™ 2120 series of vibrating fork switches, which provide reliable level monitoring in demanding and safety-critical applications, are now suitable for use in hygienic process environments.
Hygienic certificates enable them to be used in sanitary and aseptic applications in industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

The Rosemount 2120 series of switches, based on vibrating short fork technology, are robust, reliable, require almost no maintenance and are easy to install and use. SIL 2 certification enables the fork switches to be used for critical overfill protection, high and low level alarm and pump control duties in a wide range of process applications.

Hygienic approvals are now available on tri-clamp process connections. The wetside is machined from solid 316 type stainless steel, guaranteeing zero porosity and increasing robustness, with several surface finishes available, including a new electropolished option.

“The Rosemount 2120 is designed to provide a quick response time, delivering a successful level detection solution across many process industries,” said Teddy Tzegazeab, Rosemount product manager, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Increasing the switch’s robustness and gaining hygienic approvals will enable customers to take advantage of its reliable switching capabilities in even more demanding applications.”

Leveraging Emerson’s unique and proven fast-drip fork design, the Rosemount 2120 offers reliable level monitoring even in sticky/viscous applications often associated with hygienic manufacturing processes.

The hygienic version of the Rosemount 2120 has been certified by both the American 3-A Sanitary Standards organisation and the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG). The product is also designed in accordance with FDA and ASME-BPE standards.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto @Rosemount_News @HHC_Lewis 

Event coincides with major British air quality consultation.

AQE 2017 will take place in Telford (GB) on 24th and 25th May at a time when the health effects of air pollution are constantly in the headlines, and when the British Government is due to consult on its latest plans to comply with air quality guidelines in larger towns and cities. Registration for the event is now open, with entry to the Exhibition and Workshops free of charge. However, a range of fees apply for those that wish to attend one or more of the Conferences.

Providing the latest information on regulations, techniques, standards, methods and technologies, The event will include attract anyone with a professional interest in industrial emissions and ambient air quality. This will include the operators of regulated processes, regulators, environmental health officers, test houses, consultants, the media, researchers, academics, accreditation organisations, technology manufacturers and service providers.

The exhibition will provide a unique opportunity to see most of the world’s leading organisations in air quality and emissions monitoring products and services, and free walk-in/walk-out Workshops will run in four rooms located within the Exhibition Hall.

The first day of the AQE 2017 conference will address the monitoring of difficult gases and dust components in industrial emissions, and the morning of the second day will address: ‘Controlling and Monitoring Emissions on Waste Management Sites.’

On the second day, an ambient air quality monitoring conference developed in partnership with IAPSC (Investigation of Air Pollution Standing Conference), will cover: pervasive air quality monitoring; vehicle emissions monitoring and data management; and local air quality management and policy.

Summarising, Marcus Pattison says: “With 3 conferences, over 30 workshops and a large international exhibition, AQE 2017 attendees will have to plan their time carefully if they are to make the most of everything on offer!”

 @AQE_Show #Pauto #IAPSC #AQE2017

Monday 27 March 2017

Toxic gas in freight containers.

Dangerous levels of toxic gases in freight containers represent a major threat to port and transport workers, customs officials, warehousemen, store employees and consumers. However, the risks posed by these gases can be effectively assessed with Gasmet FTIR multigas analysers.

Gasmet has therefore published a video, a white paper and a case study; providing comprehensive help and advice for any employers that need to assess such risks in order to protect the health and welfare of staff and customers.
The air quality inside freight containers varies enormously, depending on the goods, the packing materials, transit time, temperature, humidity and the possible presence of fumigants. Consequently, many containers contain hazardous levels of toxic gases.

Traditional monitoring techniques employ a ‘hit and miss’ approach, but in the new video published by Gasmet Technologies, the advantages of simultaneous multigas analysis are explained. This monitoring capability is provided by the Gasmet DX4040, a portable FTIR analyzer capable of detecting and measuring hundreds of compounds. This ability is demonstrated in the video with containers ‘spiked’ with common contaminants.
@Gasmet_Tech  #PAuto #Safety

Toolkit for OPC UA development in embedded systems

Softing’s OPC UA embedded toolkit is based on the ANSI C standard and features a low memory footprint as well as minimal requirements for computing power. This makes it particularly suitable not just in firmware development for sensors and field devices but also for use in control or I/O systems with limited resources.

Users benefit from the utilisation of predesigned and tested toolkit functions and can use these to significantly shorten the time-to-market of their development projects. The toolkit supports the OPC Foundation’s Nano Embedded Device Server Profile security features and publisher functionality from the UA v1.04 (release candidate) specification. Support is also available for developing service functionality for client/server communication.

Hans-Werner Auberg, Managing Director, Softing Industrial: “By offering support for the OPC UA pub/sub model, the new embedded toolkit considerably extends the deployment options available for OPC UA in automation. This already applies for applications without stringent real-time requirements. But the development of TSN (Time-Sensitive Networking) as an underlying standard for time-deterministic Ethernet communication is now hinting at a wider range of interesting deployment options. Softing Industrial is at the cutting edge of developments here and aims to make OPC UA also usable with pub/sub functionality in automation.”

@SoftingIA #PAuto

Measuring corrosion under insulation.

Ashtead Technology has expanded its equipment rental pool following a significant investment in the latest Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) technology to deliver faster, more accurate asset integrity inspections.

The company will now supply the Eddyfi Lyft™, an inspection tool for identifying corrosion under insulation (CUI), a major asset integrity issue for the oil and gas, and petrochemical sectors.

CUI is a type of corrosion that occurs as a result of a moisture build-up on the external surface of insulated equipment. The corrosion is most commonly galvanic, chloride, acidic, or alkaline, and if undetected, the consequences can lead to the shutdown of a process unit or an entire facility.

Lyft™ can be used to accurately measure corrosion and wall thickness on insulated pipes without the need to remove insulation, significantly reducing time and costs. It’s suitable for use on a number of materials including metal, aluminium, stainless steel and galvanised steel weather jackets, to provide real-time C-scan imaging, wall thickness measurements and fast data acquisition (up to 15 readings per second).

Allan Pirie, chief executive of Ashtead Technology said: “This investment underlines our commitment to the subsea and non-destructive testing markets, by offering the latest, cost-effective technologies ensures our customers are getting the most efficient, reliable solution available.
“CUI is one of the most difficult processes to prevent. No matter the precautions taken, water invariably seeps into the insulation and corrosion occurs.

“With traditional methods it was near on impossible to identify and measure the severity of corrosion without physically removing the insulation, however Eddyfi Lyft™ provides a fast, reliable and flexible solution.”

Headquartered in Québec (CDN), with offices in France, USA, and the UAE, Eddyfi focuses on offering high-performance eddy current and electromagnetic solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets.

Jim Costain, vice president of sales for Eddyfi, said: “We are thrilled that Ashtead Technology has added the Lyft to its range of Eddyfi inspection tools. This provides Ashtead’s large customer base with access to this unique, cost-effective technology, alongside its highly skilled technical support team.”

@ashteadtech  #PAuto @eddyfi

Dedicated test & measurement support section.

HBM has content focussed website, which enables visitors to simply and conveniently searches for support material and downloads, such as relevant product information, relevant software and firmware information and product data sheets.

As more and more new product developments are being produced electronically by Computer aided Engineering (CAE) systems, customers can also save valuable time by simply signing in to obtain immediate access to important CAD models and drawings.

In addition to this, visitors can also quickly and conveniently search for important calibration certificates by serial number and simply download, eliminating the need to search manually for important documentation.

For immediate access to all technical information, visit the site and simply register with an email address and password.

Covering a range of sensors, transducers, strain gauges, amplifiers and data acquisition systems and relevant software, HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing.

 @HBMmeasurement #TandM #Pauto

Panel LED.

Wilbrecht LEDCO has introduced its new 14mm mount CL series panel LED for industrial and outdoor applications.

The CL series incorporates a 10mm LED available in red, green, yellow, blue and bicolor options. Pre-wired with internal resistors, the indicators can be configured for voltages up to 60 VDC or 120/240 VAC.

The robust M14 size metal housing is designed for panel thicknesses up to .394" (10mm) and is resistant to shock and vibration. Fully filled with epoxy and equipped with a front sealing gasket, the indicator offers IP67 front and back sealing for outdoor use.

#Wilbrecht/LEDCO #PAuto